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    Question Residency requirement

    What is the purpose of proof of residency? I would like to apply to several fire departments across the united states. The problem I am facing is that several departments require proof of residency with in so many miles of thier departments. I understand, I would need to live within the area once I am hired. What advice can any currently employed firefighters pass on to me? I am eger to start my career and have seemed to have hit a bump in the road.


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    Generally it is not something you have to abide by until the day you report for duty or some defined number of days (30, 90, etc) after that.

    You residency status should not be a block to applying and testing, but if in doubt call the appropriate HR department and ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostandfound26 View Post
    What is the purpose of proof of residency?
    No good reason, just politics.

    It's not uncommon for departments to require you to establish some sort of residency requirement after you're hired but there are still some that only want residents to apply just to keep the local politicians happy. Others give substantial hiring preference to residents for the same reason.

    You'll hear about people renting PO boxes or using the address of a friend/relative in order to fake residency from time to time. I would highly recommend against that practice: it's a good way to have an application thrown out or, worse, to get fired later when it turns out your application was fraudulent.

    IMHO, you probably don't want to work for a department that worries more about where you live when you apply than how well you perform on the rest of the process. If their hiring practices are that screwed up, how screwed up are the rest of their activities?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostandfound26 View Post
    What is the purpose of proof of residency? I would like to apply to several fire departments across the united states. The problem I am facing is that several departments require proof of residency with in so many miles of thier departments. I understand, I would need to live within the area once I am hired. What advice can any currently employed firefighters pass on to me? I am eger to start my career and have seemed to have hit a bump in the road.
    It also depends on how strict the residency requirement is. Sometimes, you have to live in the city for which you work. Sometimes, you must live in the same county, or within X miles of headquarters, or Y miles of the city line. The city limit requirements are usually to ensure that they get your tax dollars; the requirements within so many miles is allegedly to allow for call backs in case of a major incident.

    As others noted, there are citites that give bonus points on the application for living within a certain area. Frankly, I fail to see why one would be more qualififed as a FF (or police officer, or sanitation worker, or salt truck driver) just because your address is in one city rather than another. But, I'm not paid to worry about such things.

    I have not heard of any residency requirements in my area. You could live in a different state if you wanted to.
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    As like the above posts state...a proof a residency is usually required once on a dept.

    There are a couple that require residency to apply. Minneapolis, MN for one. Although, those are few and far between.

    And usually a proof of residency would just be like an electric bill or something to show you live within the set boundries.

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